The First-Year Writing Program at the University of Connecticut reviews some courses for their equivalency to First-Year Writing courses in breadth, scope, and credits. You may be eligible to petition to have a second course deemed equivalent to a first-year writing course, which may complete the 6-credit requirement for First-Year Writing. If a student has a total of 6 first-year writing course credits, the student may not need to enroll in ENGL 1007, 1010, or 1011 so long as all 6 credits represent equivalent coursework in writing courses at another accredited institution.
- Course Equivalency Reviews (formerly “waiver requests”) are available ONLY for students who are transferring in college-level writing course credit.
- The University and the State of Connecticut require all students to complete six credits of First-Year Writing to satisfy the General Education requirement for courses on writing and composing at the college level.
- To petition for a Course Equivalency Review (CER), students must have a minimum of 3 credits that have been documented to transfer as ENGL 91002 and/or ENGL 91003. The student then submits another course to be reviewed for equivalency.
- Students who transfer into UConn with three credits that are classified as ENGL 91002 and/or ENGL 91003 may have a course that they believe was a writing course but that did not transfer in as one or was not coded as ENGL 91002 or ENGL 91003.
- The second course must be a writing course: a course that focuses on the craft and practices of critical, researched academic writing at the college level.
- We cannot process Writing Course Equivalency Reviews submitted after the semester has begun for classes already in session.
- The information on this page pertains to UConn Storrs only. For Course Equivalency Reviews at other campuses, please contact the campus Writing Coordinator at those locations (see "Contact Information" at the bottom of the page).
Are You Eligible for a Course Equivalency Review?
WRITING COURSE EQUIVALENCY REVIEW (CER) ELIGIBILITY
A student is eligible to petition for a Writing Course Equivalency Review if either condition #1 or condition #2 (the full condition) is met:
- the student has completed two semesters of composition at another university, and has received six total transfer credits labeled either ENGL 91002 or ENGL 91003 (listed under “equivalent course” on the transfer credit evaluation). The UConn Transfer Credit Office will award credit automatically if the student has six credits with both 91002 and 91003 represented in the credit allocation; OR,
- the student has completed a composition course at another university, and has received at least three transfer credits coded either ENGL 91002 or ENGL 91003, AND the student has completed an ADDITIONAL academic writing course they believe should have been transferred as a writing course from another institution, or a writing course from another institution that requires researched writing and has a significant focus on the practices and processes of composition in the English language. University of Connecticut “W” courses do not count as “an additional writing course” for the purpose of satisfying the first-year writing requirement, which is separate from the “W” courses. Following General Education stipulations, “W” courses are required by the University in their own right, and cannot be “double-dipped” to fulfill two different University requirements under the heading of “writing competency.”
Please see the decision tree above ("Are you eligible for a Course Equivalency Review?") to determine whether you meet one of the above criteria.
CREDIT REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS
Students who transfer to UConn for the fall term must submit their request for a Writing Course Equivalency Review before they have reached 69 credits or before the end of the first semester of their junior year, whichever comes first.
Spring term transfers must submit their request for a Writing Course Equivalency Review before the student has reached 85 credits.
Students admitted to UCONN after earning 85 credits at another institution will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but under no circumstances can we conduct Writing Course Equivalency Reviews for students who have earned 99 credits, who have completed the first term of their senior year, or who have only one semester remaining.
If the credits for a writing course are not coded by the Transfer Credit office as ENGL 91002 or ENGL 91003, in some cases students may apply for the waiver and request that a second course (only) be reviewed as “equivalent.”
The student must have at least one course that is transferred as a writing course, an equivalency determined by the Transfer Admissions office. If, however, the second course is not transferred as a writing course, the student may be approved to apply to have the second course itself reviewed. The Director must either initiate or approve this request, and if the second course is not equivalent, then the course will not transferred as a writing course. To apply for such a special waiver, you must consult with FYW administration and submit official documentation (e.g., a syllabus and any other supporting materials that demonstrate the class is a writing course). The course must not only have substantial writing but should also focus on the practices of writing, including research, drafting, substantive revision, feedback, and further revision. A first-year seminar that required several pages of writing will not qualify unless the course focused on writing as a practice
THE ENGLISH ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) TEST
Students who entered the University in the year 2010–2011 or later may apply for First-Year Writing credit if they received an English Language & Composition AP test score of 4 or 5. Students receiving an English AP score of 3 or below are not eligible for any University credit. Students who wish to receive AP credit must submit their scores to the Transfer Admissions office, not the First-Year Writing office. This option is not retroactive, and does not apply to any student who entered the University before 2009–10. If you transfer to a different school after using your AP credit here, you may be subject to that institution’s rules about AP credit. We cannot supply a syllabus to another institution for a course you did not take and pass while here.
Course Equivalency Review Petition Procedure
If you are eligible for a CER, fill out the CER Petition Form ("CER Materials Submission Form"). Please review the above decision tree "Are you eligible for a Course Equivalency Review?" to determine whether you are eligible. You will need to submit several documents as part of the petition (see "CER Required Materials Criteria," below).
Upon receipt of this documentation, one of the Directors of First-Year Writing will review the materials and determine whether coursework and the writing sample provided indicate the student has indeed produced projects that demonstrate the student has completed classes of similar rigor and breadth. Should you be granted a waiver, the information will be processed via Student Admin by the First-Year Writing office, and you will be notified via email. Requests for CERs must be submitted according to the deadline schedule below. Only if the deadline is met can you expect to be informed of the directors’ decision before the official registration date for the subsequent term.
SUBMISSION AND RESPONSE TIMELINE
|Submit your materials by:||Notes & Decision Periods
(for term registration)
|Note on Writing Course Equivalency Reviews during the summer months.||First-Year Writing is staffed only during the academic year; faculty and staff are not available on demand. From the period June 1 through July 31, you may submit materials through the portal, but decisions will be issued after August 1.|
|August 7, 2022||Late Orientation Attendees or Transfer Students enrolling in Fall 2022 classes.|
|August 17, 2022, through September 13, 2022||Petitions received during this period will not be reviewed for a waiver to apply to Fall 2022. If you submit a petition between 8/17 and 9/13, the determination will pertain to Spring 2022 semester. No decisions will be issued from the first day of classes (8/30) through and including the last day of add/drop (9/13).|
|October 7, 2022||Continuing Student Registration for Spring 2023 (Registration begins Oct. 24, 2022)|
|December 7, 2022||New or Transfer Student Registration for Spring 2023 (Begins Jan. 5, 2023)|
|Jan. 10, 2023 - through Jan 31, 2023||Petitions received during this period will not be reviewed for a waiver to apply to Spring 2023. If you submit a petition between 1/11 and 2/1, the determination will pertain to Fall 2022 semester. No decisions will be issued from the first day of spring term classes (1/18) through and including the last day of add/drop (2/1).|
|March 7, 2023||Continuing Student Registration for Fall 2023 (Registration begins Mar. 21, 2023)|
|August 7, 2023||Late Orientation Attendees or Transfer Students enrolling in Fall 2023 classes.|
For questions about the CER procedure, please contact the Assistant Directors of First-Year Writing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Course Equivalency Reviews at other campuses, please contact the campus Writing Coordinator there:
- Hartford Campus: Dr. Scott Campbell (email@example.com)
- Avery Point Campus: Dr. Pam Bedore (firstname.lastname@example.org); on sabbatical Fall 2021. Please contact Rebecca Troeger (email@example.com)
- Stamford Campus: Dr. Paige Walker (on leave); please contact the First-Year Writing office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Waterbury Campus: Dr. Ellen Carillo (email@example.com)